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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:33

Basketball Previews

2.24.11 | Basketball

Wildcats try to solve Cook Center woes Thursday evening

Baker vs MNU

WBB Preview
OLATHE, Kan. – Looking at Baker University’s history in the Cook Center, one might not like the chances the Wildcats have heading into Thursday evening’s match-up with MidAmerica Nazarene.

The Baker men’s and women’s basketball teams own a 1-17 record over the past seven seasons, with the only victory coming in 2004 when the Lady Cats‘ escaped with a 53-51 victory.

The Baker women (14-14, 9-9 HAAC) are coming off a victory over Missouri Valley College. MidAmerica Nazarene (10-18, 8-10 HAAC) defeated Lindenwood University in overtime on Saturday. The game itself has huge playoff implications. The Wildcats currently hold a No. 6 seed, while MNU holds the seventh seed.

Brittany Hines continues to lead the Wildcats in scoring with 14.1 points per game. Emily Gibson (14 ppg) and Aubree Gustin (10.4 ppg) are the only other Wildcats averaging in double figures. Gibson is coming off a season-high six blocks against Missouri Valley. She currently ranks sixth nationally with 62 blocks on the season.

Kiley Herold, MNU’s leading scorer with 11.5 points per game, is the only Pioneer currently averaging in double figures. Three other players — Rachel Boan (9.4 ppg), Kassidy Ritchel (8.1 ppg) and CJ Wesemann (8 ppg) — add to the offensive output.

Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. A live broadcast can be heard by clicking here

Team Leaders Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Baker WCat Brittany Hines
14.1 ppg
Emily Gibson
8.5 rpg
Brooke Sanders
3.4 apg
Audrey Bryant
1.5 spg
Emily Gibson
2.2 bpg
MNU Kiley Herold
11.5 ppg
Kiley Herold
6.6 rpg
Navia Palu
2.14 apg
CJ Wesemann
1.4 spg
Kiley Herold
1.25 bpg

MBB Preview
Baker head men’s basketball coach Brett Ballard continues to get his players to believe they are legitimate contenders in the Heart of America Athletic Conference playoff race.

Over the last month Baker holds a 6-4 record with five consecutive wins on its home floor. The Wildcats have skyrocketed into the mix for the fifth seed in the HAAC postseason tournament. Baker (12-16, 8-10 HAAC) is currently tied with Avila University. MNU (12-16, 7-11 HAAC) currently owns the eight seed with huge playoff implications on the line Thursday night.

“This is a very fun time of the year,” said head coach Brett Ballard. “With conference play wrapping up and the conference tournament looming, it is a lot of fun to be a part of.”

Jaris Wommack continues to lead the Wildcats’ offensive attack with 16.7 points per game. Andre Strozier is the only other Wildcat averaging in double figures with 12.7 points per game.

Rustin Dowd, the nation’s No. 5 leading scorer, continues to lead the Pioneers with 21.8 points per game. Dowd also leads the team in assists (5.48) and steals (1.52).

“Mid-America Nazarene is a very good offensive team that likes to play at a quick pace,” Ballard added. “Transition defense will be a big key to the game.”

Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. A live broadcast can be heard by clicking here

Team Leaders Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
Baker WCat Jaris Wommack
16.7 ppg
Andre Strozier
6.0 rpg
Joe Wachter
1.82 apg
Jaris Wommack
1.64 spg
Austin Bond
.52 bpg
MNU Rustin Dowd
21.8 ppg
Andrew Crotty
6.4 apg
Rustin Dowd
5.48 apg
Rustin Dowd
1.52 spg
Keith McCulough
.5 bpg

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